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Vibrant Festival Weekend in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Thousands of people of all ages attended the Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík last weekend and watched the glittery floats of the parade where colorful people danced and celebrated life. The parade ended at Arnarhóll where the festival continued with music.


From a previous Great Fish Day. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In Dalvík, north Iceland, the Great Fish Day was held for the 11th time. The free food festival’s manager Júlíus Júlíusson told Morgunbladid that locals are thrilled about the atmosphere in town.

“They found the good old spark. It hadn’t disappeared or anything, but the atmosphere was as good as when it was at its best and all went well,” he described.

The first two days, there were fewer guests than the year prior but on Saturday people started flooding the town. “Many people came to put up their tents and to take part in the evening’s sing-along. The good weather probably had a part in it too,” Júlíusson said.

An estimated number of 34,000 visitors attended the Great Fish Day in 2010 and this year they were around 30,000, multiplying the population of Dalvík, which has less than 2,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile, more people than ever attended the annual handicraft festival at Hrafnagil in Eyjafjördur near Akureyri, according to the festival’s manager Ester Stefánsdóttir. “Handcrafters and designers came together with more than 100 exhibition booths.”

At the festival, people also competed in sheep shearing and tractor driving, where the mayor of Akureyri and chair of the Eyjafjördur district council competed against each other. The latter won after having practiced for two hours in the morning.

Click here to read more about Gay Pride.


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